Amtrak service
3:04 pm
Sat July 2, 2011

Flooding cancels some Amtrak service

Flooding along the Missouri River has forced Amtrak to suspend two trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The rising Missouri River has forced the suspension of some Amtrak trains between St. Louis and Kansas City.

The suspension of the Missouri River Runner will last through at least July 6. Flooding along Union Pacific tracks west of Jefferson City is forcing freight trains to use the Union Pacific route that is shared with the Missouri River Runner. 

The specific trains canceled are:

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
3:38 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mo. gov. pledges additional $100M for disaster aid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 3:42 p.m.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has pledged an additional $100 million in state disaster aid following the deadly tornado in Joplin and continued flooding across the state.

Nixon's announcement Friday raises Missouri's total financial commitment to $150 million for a particularly devastating few months of natural disasters.

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Mississippi River Flooding / St. Louis
2:36 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mississippi River flooding in St. Louis expected to stabilize

Looking west from Illinois at downtown St. Louis over a very high Mississippi River on July 1, 2011. The river is not expected to flood any higher this weekend, and should crest at just four feet above flood stage on July 2.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Flooding along the Mississippi River has forced the relocation of parts of this weekend's Fair St. Louis, but - good news - the water isn't expected to get any higher.

The river is expected to crest at 34 feet in St. Louis tomorrow - just four feet above flood stage.

And Army Corps St. Louis district commander Tom O'Hara says that takes into account the water still flowing into the Missouri River from dams in North and South Dakota and Montana.

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Flash flood damage
3:59 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

MSD to pay for flood damage for 70 homes in north St. Louis

Cleanup continues along Dryden Court in St. Louis two days after sewer backups triggered massive flash flooding. MSD is waiving its usual caps on damage reimbursements because power outages at its pumping stations caused the floods.
(Rachel Lippmann/ St. Louis Public Radio)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has decided to waive its normal $2,400 cap for damage reimbursements and will completely pay for flood damage sustained June 25 by 70 specific homes in north St. Louis.

Why waive the cap? Because the District has determined it is at fault.

Here's what happened:

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system. The National Guard is working to hold back the swollen river. This is aerial footage over the St. Joseph, Mo. area.
(Screen capture via YouTube/139thAirliftWing)

Nixon seeks federal emergency declaration due to flooding

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.

The governor made the request yesterday in a letter to President Barack Obama. Nixon notes that the Missouri has already caused extensive flooding and is expected to threaten 25 counties in all, from the far northwest to St. Louis. He says flash floods have also affected Clark and Lewis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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New river bridge
4:11 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

High water slowing work on new Mississippi River Bridge

Work continues on the piers for the new Mississippi River Bridge just north of downtown, though high water is making things less efficient.
(photo courtesy of MoDOT)

The moderate flooding along the Mississippi River at St. Louis is costing crews building the piers for the new bridge a couple of days of work a week.

MoDOT project manager Greg Horn said workers are still out on the piers six days a week, 20 hours a day. But the flooding - the river is about five feet above flood stage - means crews can only work at about 60 percent efficiency.

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Birds Point water quality
2:16 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

EPA says Birds Point floodway testing shows no contamination problems

Satellite images show the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway before (bottom) and after (top) the intentional breech of the levee. EPA testing found normal contaminant levels in the floodwater.
(via Flickr/NASA Earth Observatory)

The federal Environmental Protection Association says it found no evidence of serious contamination in Mississippi River water released by the May 2 breech of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri.

The Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee to relieve the flooding risk to Cairo, Ill.  In doing so, it covered 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with several feet of water.

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Emergency repairs
4:57 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Lanes on Interstate 70 will remain closed during evening rush

MoDOT is asking motorists to avoid eastbound I-70 between Shreve and west Florissant as crews repair the road where an MSD sewer line ruptured on Sunday.
(via Missouri Department of Transportation)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is again urging motorists to avoid eastbound Interstate 70 just north of downtown as crews continue emergency repair work on the highway.

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Flash flooding
4:49 pm
Sun June 26, 2011

Torrential rain collapses sewer line, leads to condemnations

A collapsed 10 foot by 15 foot sewer line did serious damage to eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve.
(Photo courtesy of MoDOT)

Updated 9:30 p.m. with additional lane closures:

The Missouri Department of Transportation now says they will have to close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 at Shreve during Monday morning rush  hour to repair a collapsed sewer line. That will leave one lane open between Shreve and West Florissant. MoDOT officials are strongly urging people to avoid the area.

Our earlier story:

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this week, so the Missouri River will rise even more in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jay Woods)

Another Levee Breach in Northwestern Mo.

A new levee breach in northwestern Missouri threatens to close yet another section of Interstate 29.

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